Is Your City “Plug-Worthy”?

Electric cars — By Stephanie on August 31, 2010 at 5:11 am
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Plug-in vehicles are on the way this fall! (image courtsey of Ford)

As auto manufacturers prepare to roll out electric vehicles starting this fall, there is a kind of match-making dance going on.  Before General Motors, Nissan and Ford decide the markets in which to introduce their EVs, they have to decide whether your city is “plug-worthy.”  Its sort of the, “if you build it, they will come,” mentality for electric cars!

According to a Chicago Tribune article, electric car manufacturers are looking at three factors in deciding where to roll out the new vehicles:

  1. A large number of hybrid owners – indicating acceptance of new technology
  2. Supportive public policy, and
  3. Utility infrastructure to allow convenient charging

In short, they want to sell electric cars where their consumers have the best chances of operating them without complications!

What if your city is not “plug-worthy?”  There are several steps you can take!

Request your city council to adopt legislation and educate permitting staff regarding home-based charging stations.  Work with transportation officials to retrofit park and ride facilities to include EV charging stations.   Encourage commercial privately owned garages or parking lots to install charging stations.

Electric vehicles are not a passing fad.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that over 100 million electric cars or plug-in electric hybrids will be on the road in this country by the year 2020.

suzuki swift plug in hybrid concept 2 Is Your City Plug Worthy?

Plug-in electrics and hybrids are rolling out over the next 12 months

So far, the top 7 areas that have been deemed “plug-worthy” include:

  • Portland, OR
  • Michigan
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Bay Area, CA
  • The States of WA, OR, AZ and TN
  • Orlando, FL
  • Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, MD I-95 corridor

In order to increase public acceptance of electric vehicles, we need news stories that highlight the ease of use and recharging of EVs, and to diminish any issues related to operation.  The last thing that auto manufacturers want is negative press about cars running out of charge.

100 new electric car charging stations will be deployed through a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant over the next 2 years.  In my opinion, there will be a bit of push and pull on both sides – as EVs are purchased and used, more charging stations will emerge, but on the other hand, more charging stations will encourage people to go with EVs.

What do you think?  Is your city or region “plug-worthy”?  Why or why not?

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3 Comments

  1. clint marchbanks says:

    the city of caldwell locked all the EV charging locations at the public library so no one would plugin.
    there were complaints of someone charging their EV.
    only fossil fuel vehicles allowed.

  2. clint marchbanks says:

    boise idaho has ZEV permits for EV’s. parking for an hour at the meeter free, but in caldwell idaho they lock up the EV charging locations.

  3. blackle4ps3 says:

    solar powered charge stations

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